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Textielfabrique | Maaike Gottschal

The French chemist and botanist Michael Garcia learned Maaike how to dye with natural indigo in 2013. This was the beginning of a fascination that brought her to study Japanese indigo dyeing and related textile techniques. She found out that the blue (cotton) shibori, kasuri and sashiko, textiles that she liked so much, had their origin in the sumptuary laws for the working class in Japan’s Edo period. Restrictions in material, pattern decoration and colour seemed to give a real boost for the development of textile designs at that time, and an inspiring story of textile innovation.

For workshops and masterclasses in natural dye and Japanese textile techniques see the website.

Photos Crafts Council Nederland / Thijs Adriaans

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